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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1980-12-12

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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1980-12-12

Set 1

Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Friend Of The Devil, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Peggy-O-> Looks Like Rain-> Tennessee Jed-> Promised Land

Set 2

China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Don't Ease Me In

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Swing Auditorium
Location San Bernardino, CA

Source Source: 2 Sennheiser MKH 406 TUD microphones > Sony D5M (w/ Dolby B, Bias @ 70us on 3 TDK MA C-90 tapes); Copy of masters: Sony D5M (w/ Dolby, Bias @ 70us) > Akaii GX-570 D2 (w/ Dolby B, Bias @ 70us on 2 TDK SA C-90 tapes);
Lineage Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth aligned to tape, Dolby B, Bias @ 70us) > Korg MN-2000S 1 Bit DFF @ 2.822 MHz > AudioGate (convert to 24-96) > Audacity (clean up) > AudioGate (convert to 16-44) > CD wav > Flac (Level 8) > Stamp ID3 Tag editor; Recorded by: Ron Goldshine and John Musgrave
Taped by Ron Goldshine and John Musgrave with help from Mark the B-Man and Mike Martin (guarding the mic stands)
Transferred by Mike Martin


The San Bernardino Swing Auditorium was about 1-½ hours east of Los Angeles.
It was a somber drive as John Lennon had been murdered only 4 days earlier and everyone was still in shock.

The San Bernardino Swing Auditorium was a real sweatbox and some of my favorite concerts were seen here.
A narrow rectangle, with the stage in the middle of one of the longer sides.
We were sitting dead center and about 5 rows into the risers (distance might have been around 75-100 feet from the stage?)
Tonight we were using 2 ten foot microphone stands.
For the first time I wouldn’t have to hold my hand above my head for the 3+ hour show.
Our equipment included the new Sony D-5M portable cassette recorder along with two new Sennheiser MKH-406-TUD microphones.
We were ready!

The band took off roaring.
Jerry’s voice was in great shape, his guitar leading the way for Bobby and Brent.
Phil’s bass was weaving in and out, while the two drummers in the back were holding it all together.
The first set was almost a continuous medley, peaking in a truly spectacular “Tennessee Jed”, and ending up in a rocking out version of Chuck Berry’s “the Promised Land”.
We could almost see the energy pouring out at us, and we all wondered what the second set would bring.

After the required hour break the Band came back out and opened up with the beautiful pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider”,
which then slipped right into “Estimated Prophet”, “He’s Gone”, and then “Eyes Of The World”.
The audience was in awe and one couldn't help but associate some of these lyrics with John Lennon.
It has been reported that Jerry had tears running down his cheeks during "He's Gone" (I think I did too)

At this point the Rhythm Devils took over, the rest of the band exiting the stage for the next 15 minutes, then slowly returning to perform the magic “Space Jam”.
“Trucking” was the center piece moving into “Warf Rat” and another Chuck Berry original “Around And Around” then finishing off with "Good Loving".
The encore was the newly reborn “Don’t Ease Me In”.

For historical reference only and not intended for resale or any commercial use.
Flying M Productions - (May 2013) - This source is new to circulation (never shared previously from this recorder)


Reviewer: leshsound - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2016
Subject: great audience recording
Wow, put on a good set of headphones and you are IN THE ROOM with this recording. China>Rider is excellent as is most of the show. Definitely download this source.
Reviewer: Exit Flagger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2015
Subject: 35 Years Ago Tonight as I Type This!
This was my very first Grateful Dead show, which was 35 years ago tonight as I'm typing. I was just a curious high school senior who had seen many Swing Auditorium shows prior to this. Little did I know that it would begin a lifelong obsession. Holy cow, this is an amazing show! Of course, back then I had no idea that I had just witnessed the Dead at one of their many peaks. It's such a pleasure to be able to come back and listen to it again courtesy of Ron Goldshine, John Musgrave, Mark the B-Man, and Mike Martin (Thanks guys!). This version surfaced recently if I'm not mistaken, and it has a very different sonic quality compared to the equally stellar Ron Ellner, A. Egert, SIRMick, MOTB recording. That one's more in your face, while this one seems to be more laid back and roomy. Both are worth having, and I keep dreaming that someday, someone with the skills will create a matrix of this with the fine Charlie Miller board of this show that circulates. One for the ages!
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2015
Subject: The other Swing Auditorium show
This one showcases Jerry explosive playing and he is in full control of the band. The good ole days of the Jerry and Bob show.

Phil is possibly the only weak link this year, although he does play some sweet notes this performance, as he was not the same bass player he would become by 1983.

I am not sure if he was still playing Big Brown.

The sad footnote for this show was that it was four days after John Lennon was murdered.

The first set starts with Jerry simply unleashing with a searing precision and at breakneck tempos with the pairing of Alabama> Greatest Story.

FOTD is sweet with that Americana yearning for understanding that Jerry was so at good at expressing.

Things come back down to Earth after crazy Rooster and the end of the set is well played.

Peggi-O is a show high point for sure.

Promised Land picks up were the set began.

Set two features a simply text book perfect China Cat that quickly transcends into a fluid and rapid transition into a joyous INYR.

The Socal faith erupt in joyous glee.

Estimated is wild and played with a enormity that would mark how this song was played out in the early '80's.

The He's Gone is sublime and this recording, which is warm and right in your face, showcases this beautiful rendition.

The transition out of it is inspired with a melodic reassurance with purpose that blossoms into a nice surprise, an up-tempo Eyes that once again features Jerry reaching more thrilling peaks.

Post space looks like typical on paper but the Truckin' peak is wild, they do they unique two beat punch as they race toward an orgasmic, and almost perfect, peak.

Wharf Rat is another tribute to John's and the surviving counter culture movement which painfully suffered an irreplaceable loss with Lennon's senseless murder.

Around is a power house and is short and sweet. Jerry and Bob obviously had crossed signals as Jerry jumps into Johnny B. Goode and Bob pulls for Good Lovin' which was the better choice.

It is played at a rapid pace, maybe too quick, and lacks the tribal communion that would occur in versions featured later in this band's career.

Th Bob rap has a nice vocal scat from Jerry and Brent and Bob does not go over the top.

Don't Ease is the only cop out of the night, short and sweet, and off they went to Long Beach.
Reviewer: BonoBeats - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2014
Subject: Wow
Such a great show. The band is in top form. And one of the cleanest tapes I've ever heard! Nice pull.
Reviewer: shields1223 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2014
Subject: Long time living, short time Dead
Thank You.
Reviewer: surety - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2014
Subject: Love & happiness
Nice job on recording this - I am enjoying it while I work at my desk and appreciate your effort a lot - I am rediscovering the Dead after many years and am getting so much more out of their music as I grow older - I miss Jerry so much. Thank you for this!
Reviewer: mzlizizaninja - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2014
Subject: “I will get by, I will survive”
This show is everything the Dead later sang about in Touch of Grey/ In the Dark.

Recording A+ Performance A+

He's Gone, Eyes of the World = very healing.

Love that militant snare lead-in to Truckin, its a Top Five Truckin for me, and to hell with the assassins and assholes of the world, keep on truckin...

Gratitude to Ron, John, Mark, Mike and Flying M Productions.

Thanks also for the intimate liner notes.
Reviewer: CosmicJerry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2014
Subject: i'm standing on the moon.
Thank you for sharing.
Reviewer: Stallcup - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2014
Subject: Just great
Amazingly fine recording quality and a great show.
Better that a # of DPs and a show I would have loved to have seen. You really should treat yourself to this: Brent is new, but adds some nice touches, Weir is showing a real presence, Garcia is very together, the drums are distinct, and so on. No mention of it in the show, but John Lenon had been shot just a few days before whcih adds a touch of poignanacy to "He's Gone." Top notch.
Reviewer: Werewolf1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2014
Subject: Wow!
This sublime early 80s show is a gift. I believe Brent here is so much better than later in his career. Love it!
Reviewer: darkstarduff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2013
Subject: Super Sound!
Thanks so much for adding another drop in the bucket of beloved memories!!!!
Reviewer: Jacobsonic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2013
Subject: Best Sounding AUD of All Time!!
This early Brent-era Dead is some of my favorite and this show is played with a special intensity that sparkles through the speakers in this recording... unbelievably crisp... ineffable.
Reviewer: Ijonesforjerry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2013
Subject: Fantastic!
Just stumbled upon this....WOW!!! What a great pull!! One if the best audience recordings I have ever heard!! Killer show too!!!

Thank you!!
Reviewer: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2013
Subject: Very nice recording
Went right to He's Gone and loved the sound

Thanks so much for sharing this
Reviewer: hexagon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2013
Subject: Great sounds - what a setup!
Thanks for getting these out there - just when you've think you've heard it all!
Reviewer: flyingM - - May 12, 2013
Subject: Thank you for moving this over here
Thank you very much for moving this recording over here.
Hope you all enjoy this concert.
It has been one of my favorites down the years.
Finally retired and have the time to digitize our recordings.
I see that there might be a need for a complete copy of the Feb 1977 swing concert so I will look those tapes up next.
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